At a major pre-G8 event on 15 June the Prime Minister led a ‘call to action’ to G8 leaders on tax, trade and transparency.
The pre-summit ‘Open for Growth’ event on 15 June brought together wider discussions on trade, tax and transparency with business, civil society and governments. It focused on why open governments, open societies and open economies are essential for growth, jobs and sustainable development. Discussions centred on how we can work together to promote and practise fairer trade, proper taxes and more transparency in data, land investment, minerals, oil and gas.
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Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, chaired a session with representatives from developing countries, leading NGOs, industry representatives and international organisations. They discussed the themes of tax evasion and illicit flows, tax transparency, and tax capacity building in the developing world. The session explored how these issues affect people, businesses and governments worldwide, and how they can best be addressed.
Vince Cable chaired a session with senior representatives from African governments, economic communities, major companies, and international and African business associations, who discussed the steps that can be taken. The session aimed to identify how the G8 and the international business community can better support Africa’s ambition to accelerate investment and trade potential, which can drive poverty reduction.
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Political leaders from Europe and Africa, land development partners and leading NGOs joined Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, for a session on land. A lack of transparency surrounding land deals can facilitate corruption and deter productive and sustainable investment in land. The G8 will promote responsible investment, and push for government, private sector and civil society action on more transparent land governance.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, held a session on extractives transparency. This session aimed to inspire partnerships between governments, the private sector, citizens and international bodies to take the practical steps needed to use new information about extractives. This can help build capacity so that oil, gas and minerals are used to drive growth, as countries secure the full benefits of their natural resources and so reduce poverty. There has been recent progress with extractives transparency, and this event will generate momentum for further action.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude led a session with leaders from government, the private sector and civil society organisations to discuss open data. Read the minister’s speaking notes.
Open data challenges
Participants in this event discussed a number of open data challenges around:
- releasing data
- funding or supporting open data competitions
- funding training and products in developing countries
- contributing knowledge and skills
- tackling global problems
Read the challenges in full.
Recent open data announcements
- News: more charity data is to be released as part of new commitments on open data.
- Interview: read an interview with Paul Maltby, head of open data at Cabinet Office.
- Report: read the government’s response to the Shakespeare review on public sector information
- Report: the Information economy strategy, a strategy for government and industry, was published on 14 June 2013.
More about transparency and open data
The UK is currently the lead chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) (with Indonesia), until October 2013. The OGP, a partnership between 59 countries and civil society organisations, asks governments to become more open by committing to promoting transparency and access to information to enable citizens to hold their governments to account more easily.
See what data is being released on data.gov.uk.